The Trayvon Martin Case

Racial prejudice, politics and justice

The Trayvon Martin case has driven it home to me that there's more to it than a rush to judgment, though that is a prominent and omnipresent characteristic of the era of mass media. On display here is another of the fundamental differences between the left and the right.

Despite its cooption and corruption by our monstrous, illegal, unchartered and increasingly fascist national state, I still believe in the rule of law. It is the only way we can live and work together more or less in peace and harmony, and when it's possible to have it peace is almost always far preferable to war.

The left, on the other hand, believes in achieving its political objectives. It is at war with the rest of society, waging it primarily through political means but through uncivil, even violent, ones when necessary. In a state of war there are no rules. The law becomes merely a tool for the cause, to be used when convenient, trashed when not. The left goes there quickly, whenever its advantage requires exposing that otherwise hidden ruthlessness. The right is in general restrained by the agreed process theoretically applying to us all. The playing field is not level because the two sides are playing by different rules.

In this case, the underlying justification for the incivility of the Martin supporters is to change how society and the law deal with black men. The narrative goes that historical injustice remains embedded in how they are treated by the public and the justice system, that the killing of Martin brings that consideration to the fore whether or not the facts of the case support such a reading, and therefore the facts don't matter. There is a greater truth to be served, and this incident is an opportunity to do it.

That world view is archetypal of the political left. It believes it is endowed with a transcendent truth, an end requiring whatever means are necessary to achieve it. It is the negation of the rule of law.

Left and right talk at one another, not with one another, because most people do not understand that basic difference in world view. The US sociopolitical leadership, a superclass considering itself a meritocracy and of which the national press are members, know and exploit it for their own purposes. The left believes the end justifies the means, the right believes the means are the end. Look at the Martin case with it in mind, and you can cut through the fog of obfuscation and confusion that has built up around it through deliberate manipulation of the sort we saw on the floor of congress this week.

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mikelong 4 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

People want justice to be served. I want Zimmerman arrested. I want him to stand trial. This is not a right or left issue. If it was your son who had been killed while the killer walked away you would change your tune. I'd bet on it.

I believe in the rule of law, which is why the Trayvon case is so crucial. How are people going to respect the rule of law when they watch it get manipulated and twisted around. The Sanford Police Department has a track record of selective justice/"rule of law" enforcement, especially regarding the arrest/prosecution of suspects who target Blacks.

If one wants others to respect the law, to respect the criminal justice system, then signs of good faith have to be presented.....and Trayvon's treatment does nothing but the exact opposite.

I have seen with my own eyes people get arrested for far less serious, and more opaque, reasons. An arrest is not a guilty is simply, in this case, a sign that the justice system is taking what happened seriously.

As of now, they have failed to demonstrate that to the American public.

This is not right, this is not left, this is simply human life...or rather, the extinguishing of it....and when a life is taken, serious investigations have to take place. Especially with the "Stand Your Ground" law in place, it is vital to know exactly who the "defender" was.... As of now, there is no way a man with no authority to give chase to anyone, someone told to back off/stand down by authorities, someone who had the only motive.....Zimmerman....can be considered the only person in fear of losing his life that evening.

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

While I appreciate your viewpoint, Mikelong, I don't agree with it. Well, you knew that already, but my point is the protests would not have taken the shape they did before any explanatory facts had come out were the concern justice. It wasn't. For the most part, it still isn't. It's prejudice and politics.

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American Romance 4 years ago from America

Mikelong, I disagree! Tidbits continue to come out from this case! Common sense tells us Zimmerman was overzealous, But when you know the facts you will take a deep breath and sigh and say Ohhhhhh Ok that figures! What do you know Mike? Do you know that Trayvon was suspeneded? Do you know this is his THIRD suspension this year? Do you know he got tattoed at the age of 15? Do you know he has a gold grill in his mouth? Do you know he has gangstar style tweets out in cyberspace? And do you know that the only good eyewitness says he saw Tryvon on top of Zimmerman breaking his nose? Do you know that Zimmerman's parents tutor black children? Do you know Zimmerman has blacks in his family? Do you know that the neighborhood has been beseached with burglaries?.................Now what do you think Mike? I think Trayvon was a little thug, gangster wannabe and got what he got because of ATTITUDE and disrespect for his elders!

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mikelong 4 years ago from The largest convict colony in the United States

What does suspension have to do with anything?

American Romance, you bring up zero things relevant to this case, and ONLY things that paint Trayvon as deserving to die.

You are generalizing about things that you have no experience to discuss.

The only wrongdoers in this case are Zimmerman, the Sanford Police Department, and the District Attorney.

Thank goodness Jeb Bush has come out with his views. Zero eyewitnesses put Trayvon on Zimmerman; zero sign of "life or death struggle" was found on either Zimmerman or Martin.....only death on the latter via a gunshot wound... No knuckles bruises/cuts/abrasions...

Just a bullet wound.

Come Zimmerman, stop hiding and show yourself. Bring your medical reports, let us know which doctor treated your "life or death struggle" wounds....and then let us thing about what happened that night with the "f@cking coon" you were talking about...

Colorblind racism is what I see here....its too bad you guys can't see it.

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

Different people see different things, Mikelong. That doesn't mean your perspective is the one and only true one. Politics is in this affair so deeply it's impossible to separate it, and we still don't have all the facts. Maybe it's a little early to fire up the flamethrower.

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American View 4 years ago from Plano, Texas


I suggest you stop reading the blaze and the left talking points. Go read the real facts of the case. I have tons of questions about this case and I do not see anyone here on HP or in the media asking them, There simple common sense questions once you read the facts of the case. Its OK to do that, I know the left does not want you to do that, but it is OK.

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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

The point, I believe, is that arrests are not to be made without substantial evidence of a charge and conviction (think Casey Anthony trial) -- the police had to investigate, interview, etc. There was too much "doubt" the night of the incident to arrest Zimmerman. Now that more research has been done, an arrest was made.

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

Not even Alan Dershowitz believes the prosecution has a case. Clearly a lot more than the law and normal legal process is in play here.

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breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

With so much conflicting evidence - eyewitness accounts that negate each other, Zimmerman's head wounds/gashes -- I would NOT want to be on that jury.

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Attikos 4 years ago from East Cackalacky Author

Add in the safe bet the jurors will face a threat of violence should they vote for acquittal, and I wouldn't, either.

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